This popular quinoa salad ticks all the boxes. I hope you will do it! Let us talk about that. A nutritious quinoa base is punctuated by crunchy cucumber and roasted cashew nuts. There’s creamy feta, wisps of arugula, and flecks of red onion and herbs. What sets this salad apart from other quinoa salads is the light, bold ginger curry dressing with garlic and a good dash of orange juice. It is so delicious.
Five reasons to love this recipe:
- This quinoa salad is all about the ginger curry dressing. The dressing is flavorful and can be made up to a few days in advance. It’s also a great spread on sandwiches and drizzled over grilled vegetables or bruschetta.
- This salad tastes even better the second day. Toss it again with some dressing and you’re good to go.
- A quinoa salad like this is a fantastic option for family dinners and potlucks where you may have a number of allergies to consider. It’s gluten-free and can be nut-free if you swap pepitas or sunflower seeds for the cashews.
- If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, turn this salad into a hearty one-bowl meal by topping the salad with a hard-boiled egg, sliced omelet, or tempeh crumble.
- It’s packed with goodies like roasted nuts, cucumber, herbs, and arugula. Along with the quinoa and spice-forward dressing, you have all the good stuff in one bowl.
This salad is flavorful, colourful, crowd puller, fresh and healthy. All in all a great summer salad.
Quinoa Salad Ingredients
This salad comes together quickly, especially if you make the dressing ahead of time or have it on hand.
- Andean millet
- Red onion
- Arugula or Spinach – You can really use any chopped greens. Thin slivers of kale are another option. However, peppery leaves of arugula are my top choice.
- roasted cashew nuts
- Feta Cheese – Taste your way through different feta cheeses over time. The feta offering is dramatic and super interesting. Some are saltier than others. You can find varieties made from sheep’s milk, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, or a mix. Real Greek feta is made from sheep’s milk, and I tend to go with that. Opt for blocks of feta instead of sprinkles.
- Ginger curry dressing
How to cook quinoa
For this recipe, you start with a few cups of cooked quinoa. You can use any color of quinoa. If you’re not sure how to cook quinoa or how to make sure it turns out nice and fluffy, there’s a post for you. This page explains how quinoa is prepared and describes many ways you can incorporate this special ingredient into your cooking.
As I mentioned above, the ginger curry dressing is what really makes this salad sing. The following recipe allows you to make more than you need so you can use more for other things throughout the week.
Here’s how all the ingredients come together. The key is to throw everything really, really well. Then insert the feta cheese to keep its shape.
Serve & Store
This quinoa salad tastes best at room temperature. If you plan to serve chilled leftovers, allow the salad to sit on a counter at room temperature long enough for it to lose the chill before serving. Same goes for the dressing, bring it to room temperature before using.
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